Study: Eating a Heavy Breakfast and a Light Dinner Doesn’t Necessarily Help You Lose Weight

The Timing of “Big Meals” Doesn’t Have a Magical Effect on Fat Burning

A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism reveals that having a hearty breakfast and a light dinner does not necessarily help to keep the line and even less to lose weight as some beliefs point out.

The findings were drawn from a study of the eating behavior of 30 overweight or obese British adults.

For four weeks, the participants followed one of two diets: half the group ate 45% of their daily calories at breakfast, 35% at lunch and 20% at dinner. While the second half of the group ate 20% of daily calories at breakfast, 35% at lunch and 45% at dinner.

The groups then swapped diets for four weeks, consuming more than 1,700 calories a day. Hearty breakfasts included cereals, toast, eggs, sausages, smoothies and yogurts while hearty dinners included mushroom beef with rice, pasta bolognese or pork chops with potatoes. earth and peas.

The participants in the two groups each lost 3kg, the same weight, even though their diets were different.

According to the researchers, the timing of “big meals” therefore has no magic effect on fat burning.

However, humans are more sensitive to insulin in the morning, so an early meal can help regulate blood sugar. In contrast, eating too late at night, after 8 p.m., can raise blood sugar levels and cause people to store more energy as fat.

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